First case of Omicron variant of Covid-19 confirmed in Wales
A case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been found in Wales, the Welsh Government has confirmed.
The case is in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area and is linked to international travel, not community transmission, it says.
In response to the news, the Welsh Government said it is prepared to respond rapidly to emerging variants of concern and intensive investigations and robust public health action are being taken to slow any spread.
It added that the health impact of the Omicron variant is still being assessed.
It says currently there is no substantial evidence to suggest the Omicron variant will lead to a more severe form of illness but the data is being kept under constant review.
A spokesperson for the Welsh Government said: “As we better understand this variant we will be able to determine the next steps. In the meantime, sticking to the rules, following the steps which keep us safe and taking up the offer of a vaccine continue to be the best way to protect ourselves and the NHS.”